Enews June 2019


E-NEWS | June 2019

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Southern Right Whales at Head of Bight take up 'residence' for an entire 5 month period between June and October.  

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Energy on Eyre

Energy on Eyre – Community Solar Scheme to help Eyre Peninsula residents access solar

A new Community Solar Scheme will help pensioners, renters, businesses and low-income homeowners access solar power on the Eyre Peninsula. The recent blackout across the Eyre Peninsula on May 18 brought energy issues into focus, with uncertainty about solar raised by many parts of the community. Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association (EPLGA) and Regional Development […]

Eyre Peninsula Blackouts May 2019

Following the lightning storm on 18 May which brought about 150,000 lighting strikes across the Eyre Peninsula’s west coast, RDAWEP conducted an online survey to capture the impacts of the blackout. The damage to the South Australian Power Networks (SAPN) electricity grid was extensive, and it took several days to repair the damage. Response to […]

Economic Development

EPCBH appeal to State Government

Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP) support Eyre Peninsula Bulk Handling Cooperative (EPCBH) in their appeal to the State Government and Grain Producers SA (GPSA) for urgent leadership and action to develop a comprehensive strategic framework for grain storage, handling and pathways logistics for the grain industry on Eyre Peninsula. In the wake […]

Smart Farms Small Grants Successful Projects

The Department of Agriculture’s Smart Farms initiative supports the development and uptake of best practice, tools and technologies that help farmers, fishers, foresters and regional communities improve the protection, resilience and productive capacity of our soils, water and vegetation, in turn supporting successful primary industries and regional communities. Four Eyre Peninsula projects have been successful […]

New Australian Government Ministry

The re-elected Australian Government has announced their new Ministry, bringing in new members tasked with delivering their commitments to: Create 1.25 million more jobs over the next five years Maintain budget surpluses and pay down debt Deliver tax relief for families and small businesses Guarantee increased funding for schools, hospitals, medicines and roads Keep Australians […]

Tourism Update

Enhancing Digital Capability

RDAWEP has contracted local marketing experts Forj Marketing to deliver the Enhancing Digital Capability Project, helping tourism businesses in the region to improve their online skills. The project is partly funded by a grant from the Building Better Regions Fund, following a collaborative application from 8 regions in South Australia. It will support 20 local […]

Wild West Coast

Now that the weather is getting colder I think we can all agree it’s getting harder and harder to leave the couch where it’s cosy and comfortable. But when you’ve exhausted all decent Netflix options and you’re getting restless, here on the Eyre Peninsula we’ve got a great solution for your boredom – a road […]

Eyre Peninsula’s Murphy’s Haystacks are among the oldest rocks in Australia but they’re slowly eroding away

ABC North and West SA By Gary-Jon Lysaght Driving from Port Lincoln to Ceduna on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula you can easily miss them.  And if you do, you would have passed the opportunity to see some of Australia’s oldest rocks, which academics say are very slowly eroding away. Murphy’s Haystacks are a group of […]

Employment and Skills Development

Career Revive Initiative

Are you looking for assistance to recruit talented women seeking to return to work? The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business is undertaking an expression of interest (EOI) process to select 10 businesses across regional Australia to participate in the Career Revive initiative. This is an exciting opportunity for medium to large regional […]

Training and Skills Development review

Get involved to develop a responsive training and skills system. Business owners, industry representatives, training providers and learners are being encouraged to take part in a review of the Training and Skills Development Act 2008 to shape the future of South Australia’s training system. The State Government is ensuring South Australia is equipped with a skilled […]

Have Your Say

National Transport Regulatory Reform

The Australian Government has asked the Productivity Commission to assess the economic impact of reforms to transport regulation agreed to by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 2008-09. Those reforms relate to heavy vehicle safety and productivity, rail safety and maritime safety.  The Government has also asked the Commission to recommend further reforms towards […]

Consultation now open for Regional Development Strategy

On 23 May, the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone announced the opening of consultation on the formation of a statewide Regional Development Strategy, to shape the long term direction of regional South Australia. This is a great opportunity to develop a long term strategy for our regions – one that will […]

Environmental Care

Native plant subsidy on offer for ElectraNet landholders

Thousands of landholders across South Australia with ElectraNet assets on their properties have the opportunity to save 75 per cent on the cost of native seedlings, tree guards and stakes through a new partnership between ElectraNet and Trees for Life. ElectraNet Chief Executive Steve Masters said the subsidy was a great opportunity for ElectraNet to […]

Drought Support

Need help with your health and wellbeing, farm finances or livestock?

There are a number of agencies or programs that can provide assistance to rural communities. Personal Drought Support and Regional Counselling If you’re concerned about yourself, your family or someone close to you, call one of the following counselling services. All services listed are provided free. Country and Outback Health 8643 5600 Mental health and community outreach […]

On-Farm Emergency Water Rebate

Now available for Drought affected farmers in South Australia. The On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme applies to the purchase and installation of emergency water infrastructure for livestock, including: new purchases and installation of : pipes water storage water pumps de-silting dams drilling of new stock water bores and associated infrastructure including: desalination plants power […]

Resilient Communication and Financial Success Workshps

One day workshops are being held in Wudinna, Cleve and Cowell for you to get the lowdown on how how simple words can change your life - personally, professionally and financially.
The workshops are funded by Country SA PHN to benefit people in drought affected areas.

Regional Business Snapshot

Sumthin’ Tastee Site Improvements

Great to see the cafe located at the Whyalla Wetlands is improving their facility. Dianne, Robert and the crew are extending the under cover area at the front of the cafe and adding blinds to give more protection in the winter and extra shade in the summer, without obstructing the views over the wetlands. The […]

New Dental Practice Opens in Mortlock Clinic

Eyre Dental, an all-new multi-surgery dental clinic has opened its doors for the first time to both public and private patients. Located in the Mortlock Clinic, Eyre Dental is part of a group of family owned dental practices that is wholly independent from corporate ownership. Exclusively, Eyre Dental is also able to offer outreach dental […]

Scholarships and More

Read more about the following scholarship opportunities HERE

2019 GenAg Future Fund - to fuel the minds and expertise within the next wave of Australian forage professionals.

Robert Stigwood Fellowship Program - mentoring and professional development for local musicians and industry entrepreneurs.

2020 Nuffield Scholarships - for young farmers with a desire to drive their knowledge and businesses forward.

Hort Innovation Internship Program- to build capacity in people in the horticultural industry.

Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships Program - to improve access to and completion of STEM tertiary education courses for students from regional and remote Australia.

Training Opportunities

CEG  Port Lincoln: Forklift, White Card, Confined Space, Working at Heights, Elevating Work Platform, First Aid.

Click Here for more information and training dates 

Award Opportunities

SA Premiers Food and Beverage Industry Awards - recognise and celebrate individuals and businesses who demonstrate vision, leadership and innovation.

2019 SA Community Achievement Awards - celebrate South Australians who have made valuable contributions to their communities.

2019 SA Tourism Awards - celebrate tourism businesses that have demonstrated excellence and innovation throughout the year.

Business SA 2019 Export Awards - celebrating exporting excellence in SA by recognising the most dynamic and innovative businesses in the state.

Click Here for more information and training dates 

Upcoming Regional Events

Cuttlefest 2019

Enjoy the opportunity to swim with the Giant Cuttlefish and attend a series of events, celebrating the breathtaking coast and marine environment on offer in Whyalla. With the arrival of winter  it’s time to experience the Giant Cuttlefish as they converge in the Upper Spencer Gulf Marine Park Whyalla for the commencement of their breeding […]

Australian Salmon Fishing Championship 2019

Held on the West Coast of Eyre Peninsula, the Australian Salmon Fishing Championship is in it’s 25th year.  This year, the competition commences 1st July and ends on 31st July 2019. Salmon may be caught from the shore between Mount Camel Beach and Sheringa Beach with a hook and line.  Entrants must purchase their tickets […]

Educating the Nurse of the Future Consultation

Independent Review of Nursing Education Led by Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM, the Review will be future focused and will consider how the education and preparation of nurses in Australia will ensure the nursing workforce is well placed to continue to meet the future needs of Australian communities and our health system. The Review will […]

Regional Development Strategy – Community Forum Port Lincoln

A Regional Development Strategy is being prepared that will help grow our regional economies, support people in their choice to live in regional communities, and ensure regional South Australia is revitalised and prosperous. Fresh ideas and local perspectives are being sought to assist in developing a strategy that will empower our communities. The Community Forum […]

Regions Rising SA

Regions Rising is the Regional Australia Institute’s ground breaking national roadshow.  It commenced in April 2019 with more than 250 leaders in regional development, government, business, health and education from all over Australia convening in Canberra. At the event, the key drivers of regional development were discussed through an economic and social lens.  The event […]

Regional Development Strategy – Community Forum Ceduna

A Regional Development Strategy is being prepared that will help grow our regional economies, support people in their choice to live in regional communities, and ensure regional South Australia is revitalised and prosperous. Fresh ideas and local perspectives are being sought to assist in developing a strategy that will empower our communities. The Community Forum […]

Regional Development Strategy – Community Forum Whyalla

A Regional Development Strategy is being prepared that will help grow our regional economies, support people in their choice to live in regional communities, and ensure regional South Australia is revitalised and prosperous. Fresh ideas and local perspectives are being sought to assist in developing a strategy that will empower our communities. The Community Forum […]

15th GMUSG Conference and Trade Expo

The 15th Upper Spencer Gulf conference and trade expo follows previous sold-out events in Whyalla 2017 and Port Augusta 2018.  You won’t want to miss your chance to gather industry information and develop your business relationships. This annual event is designed specifically to help asset owners, developers and explorers link with suppliers and regional stakeholders. […]

For more upcoming regional events visit www.rdawep.org.au/events

Funding Opportunities

ILC Ready – Free help for grant success

ILC Ready is Community Business Bureau’s new program to help community organisations to build their skills in planning projects and applying for funding. The aim of ILC Ready is to support organisations to develop your ideas into fundable project proposals, with a focus on Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grants to support the inclusion […]

Mobile Black Spot Program Round 5

The Government of South Australia invites your community to consider submitting an Expression of Interest in co-funding a mobile black spot as part of the Commonwealth’s Mobile Black Spot Program Round 5. Round five of the Commonwealth Black Spot Program (MBSP) is now open with $80 million available across the country.  The State Government will […]

Featured Grants

Screen Australia Funding Programs -  offers funding and resources to support the development, production and marketing of Australian screen content, as well as for the development of Australian talent and screen production businesses. Ongoing

DeviantArt Creative Grants Program – modest grants to artists for projects related to making and displaying art. Ongoing.

Performers Trust Foundation – to promote and encourage music and music-related performing arts. Ongoing

South Australian Venture Capital Fund – to secure funding and accelerate growth into national and global markets, stimulating economic activity and job creation. 

Cyber Security Small Business Program – provides businesses with 19 or fewer employees with a grant of up to $2,100 for a certified small business cyber security health check to determine business risk and areas that need attention.  Closes 30 June 2019.

Australian Business Advisory Services Digital Solutions – support for: websites and selling online; social media and digital marketing; using small business software; online privacy and security.  Enquire at RDAWEP or visit www.adelaidebusinesshub.com.au

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) – personalised support to help you become a self-employed business owner.  Ongoing

Business.gov.au – Find grants, funding and support programs from across government to help your business grow and succeed.

Be Connected Activation Grant – to new organisations joining the Be Connected Network to help support older Australians to gain digital skills, including new devices, broadband fees, or expenses for digital mentors or volunteers.  Available until August 2019.

Harcourts Foundation – provides support for a specific event, project, item or initiative that helps, grows and enriches our communities. Closes 30 June.

Coopers Brewery General Giving Grant – to support Australian charities that aim to improve and protect the quality of life of Australians in the areas of medical research and health care, youth education, aged care, and fostering family and community support based on Christian values. Ongoing

Universal Charitable Fund – Small Grants with Impact! – up to $2,000 for small charities. Ongoing

Ignitor Fund – to support Australian social enterprise changemakers who are finding new and innovative solutions to tackle the most pressing issues within their local communities. Ongoing

Australian Communities Foundation – represents around 300 subfunds, each with their own priorities and interests. Ongoing

Creativity Australia Choir Start-Ups – for people or groups who are wanting to start their own With One Voice choir. Round 10 closes 30 June 2019.

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program – to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage and to involve people in projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women.  Ongoing

Independent Grocers of Australia – IGA Community Chest – to support local communities, charities and other worthwhile causes.  Ongoing

The Institute of Technology in Australia and New Zealand – Website Grant – to help charities turn their website from a brochure site to a data-driven website, marketing and fundraising tool.  Ongoing

Multicultural Grants Program 2019-20 – features four streams of funding to support our multicultural communities including:  Advance Together, Celebrate Together, Expand Together, Stronger Together, and Come Together Multicultural Festival Grants Program 2019.  Applications close 14 June

On-Farm Emergency Infrastructure Rebate Scheme – a rebate to drought affected farmers who invest in urgently needed on-farm water infrastructure. Closes 31 March 2021

Drought Communities Programme – Extension – to deliver benefits to targeted drought-affected regions of Australia.  Closing 30 June (for Eligible Councils announced in 2018) or 1 December (for Eligible Councils announced in March 2019).

The Norman Wettenhall Foundation – Small Environment Grants Scheme – for projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment.  Four rounds per year.

Advancing Renewables Program – to develop renewable energy technologies. Ongoing

Young Pink Sisters – providing immediate financial assistance up to $600 to those who are struggling to meet the financial demands of breast cancer treatment. Ongoing

Matana Foundation for Young People – to improve the welfare and wellbeing of young people from severely disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds. Ongoing

Top 5 Government Grants for startups
Entrepreneurs' Programme, CSIRO Kick-Start, Biomedical Translation Fund, Research and Development Tax Incentive.

Grants SA - Grants for community organisations

Community Grants Hub - offers a simplified grant experience by improving how grants are administered across Government for the benefit of stakeholders and the community.

Grant Connect - provides centralised publication of forecast and current Australian Government grant opportunities.

CLICK HERE for more Grant Funding opportunities 

SA Tenders and Contracts - Provides easy-to-use access to all publicly available bidding opportunities within the South Australian Government.

Handy Links

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